Power granted to close crossings in Essex, Thurrock, Hertfordshire and other authorities: Anglia level crossing

Thursday 16 Jun 2022

Power granted to close crossings in Essex, Thurrock, Hertfordshire and other authorities

Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia

The Secretary of State for Transport has granted Network Rail the power to close or modify 37 crossings as part of wider plans across Anglia to reduce risk and create a safer, more reliable railway.  

In 2017, Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to close or modify 57 crossings in Essex, Hertfordshire, the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea, and the London Borough of Havering. The Secretary of State has granted Network Rail the powers to close or modify the following: 


Level crossing name 


Old Lane 

CM19 5DS 


CM19 5DY 

Parndon Mill 

CM20 2HR 

Elsenham Emergency Hut 

CM22 6JL 

Ugley Lane 

CM22 6LD 


CB11 3XP 


CB11 3PE 


CB11 3TT 

Parsonage Lane/Margaretting 

CM4 9JJ 

Maldon Road 

CM4 9JS 


CM3 3HH 


CO5 9EN 

Hill House 1 

CO5 9EN 

Great Domsey 

CO5 9EP 

Long Green 

CO6 1XP 

Church 2 

CO3 8NE 

Barbara Close 

SS4 1NQ 

Whipps Farmers  

RM14 3PJ 


SS7 1NR 

Brickyard Farm 

SS8 0QT 

Cranes No 1 

CM77 8NU 

Cranes No 2 

CM8 1RN 

Great Bentley station 

CO7 8LU 

Lords No1 

CO7 8NX 


CO13 0EP 


CO11 2TQ 


CO7 7RS 

Trinity Lane 

EN8 7EP 

Cadmore Lane 

EN8 9SA 


CM23 4BD 


CM23 4AS 


CM23 2AH 

Butts Lane 

RM11 3NA 

Woodhall Crescent  

RM11 3ST 

Manor Farm 

RM14 2TZ 


RM19 1SX 

Howells Farm 

SS17 9EY 


Where a public crossing is closed, users will be diverted to a suitable and safe alternative route if it already exists. Where a suitable and safe alternative does not currently exist, a new public route will be provided prior to closure. We will work with landowners and councils to agree designs for any new alternative route.  


Crossings at Old Lane, Parsonage Lane/Margaretting, Church 2, Barbara Close, Cranes No.2, Cadmore Lane, Johnsons, Butts Lane, Woodhall Crescent can be closed immediately after receiving the powers (if not already), as a safe, alternative route across the railway already exists nearby. Information will be posted at these crossing sites with details of existing diversionary routes for those that wish to cross the railway.  


Closing or modifying crossings and diverting rights of way will make the railway safer by reducing the opportunity for people to come into contact with trains. The changes also support a more efficient and reliable railway for passengers and freight users, reducing ongoing operating and maintenance costs, delays to trains, pedestrians, and other highway users.  


Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “Improving safety on the railway continues to be my top priority and the powers we have been granted to close or modify 37 level crossings is a major step forward to achieving this.  


“We will begin to remove some of these crossing immediately while others will need more time to provide a suitable diversion route before we close the crossing.  


“I want to thank everyone who has been involved and taken the time to provide feedback and views on our proposals through the public consultation and public inquiry stages.”  


For more information. Please visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/anglialevelcrossings 


You can also follow us on Twitter @networkrailANG  




  • Network Rail’s level crossing reduction programme seeks to reduce the overall number of level crossings across the Anglia route to improve safety and reduce risk.  
  • Three Transport and Works Act Order applications were submitted in 2017 to seek powers to close or modify over 104 level crossings.   
  • The Secretary of State for Transport granted the powers to close or modify 16 level crossings across Cambridgeshire on 29 October 2020.  
  • On 26 November 2020, powers to close or modify nine level crossings across Suffolk were granted. 
  • Full detail of the powers granted and a copy of the Secretary of State’s report can be found on GOV.UK




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